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Ethnic clashes in China’s northwest leave 27 dead

BEIJING — Twenty-seven people were killed in riots early Wednesday in northwest China, state-run media reported, the deadliest outbreak of violence in the restive region in years. Communist Party officials in Xinjiang — where Uighurs, a Muslim minority, have repeatedly clashed with Han Chinese settlers — told the official Xinhua news agency that knife-wielding mobs attacked a police station, a government building and a construction site in Lukqun township starting around 6 a.m., stabbing people and setting fire to police cars. Photos on state-run television’s QQ microblog website showed at least four thoroughly burned-out police cars and a bus in front of a police station with a…